Monday, March 9, 2009

Previewing Quilting Designs

I am trying the technique from Carla's Feathered Fibers blog to plan the quilting for the front of my purse. You can see and read how she does it on the following blog entries, here, here, here, and here. Plus photos of other quilting designs drawn for two other of her quilts here and here. Her work is exquisite, both the designing and the execution! She uses Photoshop to do the drawings but I used Photoshop Elements and it worked but my designs are very crude compared to Carla's. I would think you could even use the Paint program or any other drawing program to try this technique.

I first took a photo of the purse front then downloaded it to my computer, opened it in Photoshop Elements and used the Wacom tablet I have to do the drawing as I just have a little better control using it vs the mouse when drawing. If I didn't like an idea I had drawn I would erase it with a click of the Undo button and try another.
This was very beneficial for me and I could see (despite my crude efforts) what my ideas might look like on the actual piece.

Now to get it quilted - have played on the computer long enough.



Bethany said...

Cool idea! I have a tablet and Photoshop elements so I can't wait to try this out.

Carla said...

Lynn, you did a wonderful job!! Keep up the good work!

By the way, any design program will work. I also teach that you can also print out a quilt picture, place it inside a plastic sleeve, then you can use a dry erase marker to draw right on the quilt.

Thanks for the shout out!!

Carla Barrett
Feathered Fibers blog


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